India and Bahrain agree to strengthen cooperation in oil, gas, defence and security
Both countries are looking forward to celebrating golden jubilee of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year
India and Bahrain have agreed to further develop their cooperation in the areas of oil and gas, trade and investment, health, food security, defence, security, renewable energy, education, culture and digital technologies. A decision to this regard was taken at the third India-Bahrain high joint commission on April 7
Both Ministers also discussed regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. India looks forward to early deposition of Instrument of Ratification of ISA Framework Agreement by Bahrain.
They also reviewed all areas of bilateral cooperation and expressed happiness at the progress made in the past few years. They recalled the landmark visits of the King of Bahrain to India in 2014 and of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bahrain in 2019. Both sides continued their coordination and cooperation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Both sides also looked forward to celebrating the golden jubilee of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reiterated the invitation to the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain for visiting India at an early date.
External Affairs Minister congratulated Bahrain on taking over as the Chair of GCC and looked forward to working with Bahrain to strengthen India-GCC partnership.
Earlier the Bahrain Foreign Minister called on Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday. During the meeting, the Vice President conveyed thanks on behalf of India to the King of Bahrain for taking excellent care of the Indian community including during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bahrain Foreign Minister appreciated the contribution of the Indian community to the progress and development of Bahrain and also thanked India for supplying Covishield vaccines to Bahrain.